Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

You must have a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) reference number to apply for your Tier 4 student visa.

  • You must enter the CAS number on your visa application form.
  • UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) staff will retrieve the information about you and your course from their computer system. 
  • You will need a new CAS number every time you make a student visa application.

Your CAS is a unique reference number we will send you by email. It is not a paper document.

Getting your CAS

  • You will receive your CAS number by email.
  • This email also has information about your course of study and your personal details.

When you will get your CAS

New students

If you are a new student, you will receive your CAS number when you meet the conditions attached to your offer. If you are a postgraduate student, this includes paying your deposit and uploading your passport copy.

If you are a postgraduate student, the CAS will be created by the relevant Faculty Office 

If you are an undergraduate student, the CAS will be created by the relevant undergraduate admissions team 

 

Current students

  • If you are a current student, please request your CAS at least six weeks before your visa expires.
  • You will need to see an International Student Visa Adviser at one of our drop-in sessions for a pre-CAS check.
  • If you are eligible for a CAS, the adviser will inform your faculty office who will check your academic eligibility.
  • You do not need to print a copy of your CAS email for your visa application; you need to enter the CAS number in the appropriate section of your visa application form.
  • Having a CAS does not guarantee your application will be successful. You must also meet the other requirements for applying for a student visa.

After you get your CAS

Check it:

  • Are your personal details correct?
  • Are your course details correct?
  • How much have you paid to the University for your tuition fees?
  • What qualifications will you need to send with your application to prove that you meet the conditions of your offer?
  • Do you need an ATAS certificate? See our ATAS guidance for Tier 4 students
  • If you are a University of Bristol financially sponsored student, are the details of your sponsorship correct?

If there are any problems regarding your CAS, please contact:

How long your CAS is valid for

Your CAS will be valid for six months. Any visa applications you make must be made during this period. If your CAS is older than six months, your student visa application will be refused.

If your visa is refused or you decide not to use your University of Bristol CAS

In either of these situations, please email student-visa-advice@bristol.ac.uk with details.

Unpaid debts to the University of Bristol

If you have any unpaid debts to the University of Bristol, eg fees from last semester, these may appear on your CAS.

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